Kind of like Proust.com only better (because it's homemade).
September 29, 2011 1:19 PM Subscribe
I want to make a really nice "family history" book (not necessarily genealogy, however)
posted by Doleful Creature to Computers & Internet (2 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
When Proust.com was first featured on the Blue, I really liked it, but I was kind of turned off by the potential data mining aspect of it, and also a bit bummed at the options for output. But it was inspiring, and I decided I want to make something similar. I want to make a really nicely-typset family "history" album, using something like an online form to collect data and output it to a something like LaTeX for a polished, print ready output.
Designing the questions and the content are one thing, and I'm more than willing to learn LaTeX as well as any other necessary web technologies to make this happen. Basically when all is said and done I want to be able to email a URL to my friends and family, have them fill out the questions, and then spin through the data to fill in the blanks, which I'll then publish through Blurb or Lulu or something like that and send to my family as Christmas gifts.
Has anything similar been done before? I've seen ads for companies that will compile your family history for you, and of course Proust.com practically does this, but I want more flexibility and I want to build it myself. Are there any open source projects with a similar vibe?
What I'm looking for are suggestions, mostly on the technical side of this, of where to go and what to study to help me do this. I'm also open to any bright ideas in the content/design department. If you were making a family book, what kinds of things would you like to see in it? This isn't really intended to be an extended family history, though a nice graphical family tree could end up in there somewhere.